Sam Minde

Advisory Council

Samuel is an established entrepreneur and an experienced Executive in First Nation Governance.  From 2016-2018, Samuel co-chaired the Indigenous Energy Technical Working Group (IETWG) with the ADM Indigenous Relations of Alberta.  The IETWG was created to explore Indigenous participation in the growing renewable energy industry. The group was a result of the NDP Government of Alberta’s move towards 30% renewable energy by 2030 and a commitment to foster a greater socio-economic capacity for First Nations in the province of Alberta.

From 2014-2020 Samuel served as CEO of the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) the Corporate Division of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.  He worked closely with his corporate team implementing the Board and Chief and Council’s business development strategy meant to generate revenues, creating employment, revitalizing the business core, and investing in capacity development.  A highlight from that experience was project managing a 1MW distributed generation Solar Array.   

In 2021 Samuel incorporated Elements Firetack Inc. to support Alberta Wildfire Suppression efforts.  Elements Firetack Inc. provides Firetack crews to battle out of control wildfires in Alberta.  Samuel strongly advocates for the Inherent and Treaty Rights and is happy to provide advisory services to the ICE Network.  He is an advocate for stronger environmental polices and Indigenous clean energy projects.